Church News

Youth Group Bowling Party
Our youth had a great time in Chillicothe last Sunday afternoon.  First, they went out to eat at El Toro.  Turns out they love Mexican food!  Once they were "full" they headed over to the bowling alley where, for two hours, they did their best to knock down as many of those crazy pins as possible.  Some of us got better as we went along; some got worse!  But, everyone had a blast

Snow Cancellations
Hopefully, we will not need to cancel worship or Sunday School this winter due to snow.  We will only cancel events as a last resort and when it becomes unsafe to get to church.  However, when it is necessary to cancel worship we will take several steps to get the word out.  First, it will be posted on the church website (  Look for the cancellation icon at the bottom of the homepage.  Second, it will be announced on the local radio station.  Plus, an email will also be sent to regular attendees for whom we have an e-mail address.

Children's Christmas Program
All of the kids did a great job and we adults enjoyed being entertained.  Thanks to all the children of the church.

Canned Food Drive
We appreciate all of your contributions for the Ministerial Alliance Christmas Food Distribution this month. You donated more than 140 cans and boxes of food to help others in our community.

2019 Altar Flowers
The new 2019 calendar year will be starting soon and it presents new opportunities to donate altar flowers for our sanctuary.  One set of flowers is generally used for two-consecutive weeks.  If you would like to donate flowers, please sign up on the “flower calendar” that is located on the bulletin board outside of the church office, or call the church office (542-0277) and our church secretary, Susan, will be glad to assist you in signing up.

Yippie!  We Did It Again!
Earlier this month we paid off all our 2018 Conference Apportionments AND all our District Apportionments.  And we did it more than two and a half months ahead of time!  Way to go everyone!

Soul Food - Special Offering
We recently took a special offering for our Soul Food ministry.  Thanks to everyone for their generous support.  To date we have received $857 to help us provide warm meals to needy families in our community.  This money will be used to purchase food and packaging supplies for the Sundays our church will be preparing and delivering food.  Learn more about Soul Food right here.

New Steeple Topper
What a beautiful sight!  Our steeple now has a new look.  Read all about it:  Who made it?   How big is it?  What does the symbol mean?  And why did we start this project in the first place?  We will soon be posting pictures of the cross & flame being mounted high at the top of our steeple.

Upper Room Magazines
The January-February 2019 issue of the Upper Room devotional magazine is now available.  Pick up a copy at the back of the sanctuary or on the information table in the hallway.  As always, we have both regular and large print versions.

Flower Chart
Would you like to put flowers on the altar? We have a lot of available Sundays.  Check out the chart on the bulletin board by the church office, or simply call the church office reserve the Sunday of your choice.

Bring Us Your Used Inkjet and Toner Cartridges
Help the church save money on office supplies!  We are part of a program whereby we receive credit for office supplies when we recycle used printer toner and ink cartridges.  Those printer cartridges are bad for the environment, so don't toss them in the trash, bring them to church and we'll put them to good use.  Thanks for helping.

Don't forgot about our on-going Best Choice Save-A-Label Program!  Start saving them right now if you have not already been doing so.  Then bring your UPC (proof of purchase) labels to church and put them in the can located on a table in the hallway.  The can is marked “Best Choice.”  Our church's Bereavement Dinner Committee will earn $30 in cash for each bundle of 1,000 UPC labels.

Large Print Worship Bulletins
In addition to our regular-sized bulletins, we are now providing a large print version of our worship bulletin for those who would benefit from larger text.  Large print versions of the hymns are also included as well as a larger version of the bulletin insert with all the announcements.

C.M.U. Tops in Dollars for Scholars
Central Methodist University (formerly, Central Methodist College) leads all UMC-related colleges and universities in the country in the number of Dollars For Scholars student aid recipients.  C.M.U. partners with local United Methodist congregations, the United Methodist Higher Education Foundation (UMHEF) and the Missouri United Methodist Foundation (MUMF) to provide these renewable ($3K-$4K) scholarships.  This year C.M.U. and the Missouri Conference had 45 DFS recipients, second only to the Georgia Conference, which has nearly a dozen UMC-related colleges and universities compared to Missouri's one and only university-C.M.U.
[Learn about scholarships for United Methodist members]